Swim coach Shane Tusup has released two more episodes from his ‘Olympic Darkhorse’ series on YouTube, highlighting his training with Olympic gold medal hopeful Ilaria Cusinato of Italy and 15-year-old Hungarian swimmer Zsombor Bujdoso. You can watch episode 1 and read our post on that here.
Episode two is a quick, seven-ish-minute-long recap of the trio’s first day of training in Cittadella, Italy. While Cusinato is a multi-talented elite swimmer, there are several mentions of the 400 IM, suggesting that that event is hers and Tusup’s main focus over the next ten months or so. No other events are mentioned.
The three of them have already gotten to know each other a bit, and now it’s time for Tusup and his swimmers to get a feel for each other in a training environment.
“I’m trying to learn where your breaking point is,” says Tusup to Cusinato. “I don’t want to break you, but I also want you to go beyond where you’re used to.”
The 400 IM is one of the most grueling events in the sport. Unsurprisingly, to be a great 400 IMer, one must also go through grueling training to prepare for the big moment. That preparation is already being hammered home to Cusinato right off the bat.
“When you get the Olympic gold medal… that I can almost guarantee you, it’s going to be worth every second,” says Tusup to a worn-out Cusinato between sets in the pool. “You’re gonna teach your body to kill itself during that Olympic final,” he reminds her while she’s doing a modified plank during a gym session.
“We share [it all]… the happiness, the tears,” says Cusinato in regards to the three of them, and their support/camera crew, training and living together.
Episode 3 is another training recap, with Cusinato, Bujdoso, and Tusup back at the pool in Cittadella.
Bujdoso tells the camera (in Hungarian) that he’s happy to be back training with Tusup after having worked with him previously. He’s also glad to have a training partner in Cusinato to motivate each other as he says they have similar times. Bujdoso gives a nod to Tusup’s coaching methods, specifically that he tells him exactly what to give his full focus to, which helps him in his races and in life.
The swimmers end the session with some fun on an inflatable course in the pool.